Letters to the Editor

Unlicensed

Donald Trump tweeted today “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”

The text of the First Amendment to our beloved Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Draw your own conclusions.

Michael D. Newman

Longview

Nuclear deal

A recent letter writer wrote complaining about the Iran nuclear agreement. He called it the President Obama and Iran deal, when it was actually an agreement made by seven nations. France, England, Germany, Russia, China, Iran and America. The writer complained about ballistic missiles, which aren’t part of the nuclear agreement. As part of the nuclear agreement, NATO has been consistently checking inside Iran to make sure Iran isn’t building nuclear weapons or anything that could be used to build them. All the countries involved, including the Trump administration, have agreed that Iran has lived up to its part of of the nuclear agreement. Iran has destroyed all its nuclear reactors and has been denuclearized. Some sanctions were lifted. Not all the sanctions were lifted as the writer implied. Sanctions will be lifted a little at a time over many years. Trump could use the nuclear agreement with North Korea to keep us out of war with them. Trump’s bombastic language makes the situation with North Korea worse. Our best presidents have walked softly and carried a big stick.

K.D. Slade

Longview

Quast for council

I am supporting Dianne Quast for Longview City Council. She is a proven leader with vision, skills, and experience in bringing people together, to solve problems, and move communities forward. Her diverse background in community development, working for housing authorities in Seattle, Spokane, and Portland, in addition to being a parish pastor and chaplain, will be great assets to council and the people of Longview. She has also worked as a consultant helping businesses in doing assessments and building strategic plans.

Dianne believes that economic development is vital to the future of Longview. She wants to build on our strong infrastructure to encourage sustainable commerical and industrial businesses to locate in our community.

Her background in executive management gives her the necessary skills in strategic planning and goal setting, that will be a benefit to council and the city.

Dianne currently is chair of the Longview Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and also serves on the Longview Compensation Committee.

Join me in voting for Dianne Quast, Longview City Council, Position 6.

John Steppert

Longview

Deserve better

Our city deserves better that a person running for city council position that doesn’t believe in schools. Our children here deserve better than that. We deserve better than having a warm body with no ideas of his own. We need new city council members that will not play follow the leader, but will stand up for fresh, new ideas.

Larry Davis

Longview

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